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23 (A)But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. He gathered all his people together and went out against Israel to the wilderness and (B)came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. 24 (C)And Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the (D)Jabbok, as far as to the Ammonites, for the border of the Ammonites was strong. 25 And Israel took all these cities, and Israel settled in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all its villages. 26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon. 27 Therefore the (E)ballad singers say,

“Come to (F)Heshbon, let it be built;
    let the city of Sihon be established.
28 For (G)fire came out from (H)Heshbon,
    flame from the city of Sihon.
It devoured (I)Ar of Moab,
    and swallowed[a] the heights of the Arnon.
29 (J)Woe to you, O Moab!
    You are undone, O people of (K)Chemosh!
He has made his sons fugitives,
    and his daughters captives,
    to an Amorite king, Sihon.
30 So we overthrew them;
    Heshbon, as far as (L)Dibon, perished;
    and we laid waste as far as Nophah;
    fire spread as far as (M)Medeba.”[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 21:28 Septuagint; Hebrew the lords of
  2. Numbers 21:30 Compare Samaritan and Septuagint; Hebrew and we laid waste as far as Nophah, which is as far as Medeba

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